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 arc any curved line; anything shaped like a bow or curve. [1/4 definitions] arch1 to form an arch or curve in. [1/5 definitions] asymptote in mathematics, a straight line that approaches but never meets a curve. babirusa a wild pig of the East Indies, the male of which has tusks that grow up through the snout and curve backward toward the eyes. bandy-legged having legs that curve outward; bowlegged. bell curve see bell-shaped curve. bell-shaped curve a graphic representation of a statistically normal frequency distribution, which resembles the outline of a bell; bell curve. bend a curved thing, section, or area; curve. [1/10 definitions] bow2 to bend or curve so as to resemble a bow. [1/7 definitions] bow window a bay window built in a curve outward from a building. break of a pitch in baseball, to curve. [1/25 definitions] cardiogram the curve drawn by an electrocardiograph in recording the mechanical movements of the heart, used in the diagnosis of heart defects and disease; electrocardiogram. chord1 a line segment connecting two points on a curve. [1/3 definitions] circle a closed curve along which every point is the same distance from a fixed center point. [1/8 definitions] closed in mathematics, of or pertaining to a curve that encloses an area and has no end points. [1/6 definitions] compass (often pl.) a hinged instrument for drawing circles and arcs, with one leg ending in a point used as the pivot and the other ending in a pencil or pen that traces a curve as it is turned. [2/9 definitions] conic section in geometry, a curve, such as an ellipse, hyperbola, or parabola, created by the intersection of a plane and a right circular cone. crook to bend, curve, or hook. [1/5 definitions] crumhorn an early double-reed wind instrument, the tube of which terminates in a curve or crook. curvature a measure of the degree of a curve. [1/3 definitions] curve a baseball pitch in which the ball curves toward the opposite side from which it was thrown; curve ball; curve ball. [3/7 definitions]